Category Real Life

Don’t Worry so Much About the President

Tonight President Obama and Governor Romney will meet in their second debate. In three weeks we will cast our votes, mock CNN’s newest piece of election-night technology, and watch the numbers come in as polls close in one state after another. Since I live in Washington, I will come home to my mail-in ballot one […]

An Open Letter to Pinterest

Dear Pinterest Users, You have revolutionized the way I surf the internet.  Everything I could possibly want to waste my time on–whether it be recipes, crafts, or hilarious one-liners–are all collected so neatly for my perusal.  When I’m in need of cheering up, I just turn to you for pictures of dogs getting into trouble. […]

But Did You Plan for the Drunk Bears?

There is a story that gets passed on to architecture students, though it is largely thought to be untrue: An architect commissioned to design a library built an outstanding beauty, just to have it sink because he hadn’t taken into account the weight of the books. The message is clear: Pay attention to the little […]

Champagne: The Fanciest Wine

It started with a wedding.  I was 19 and while I may have had champagne before, I’d never had good champagne.  I was passed a flute for the toasts and when I sipped that drink, my whole world changed.  It was class, girliness, summertime and love all distilled into a bubbly liquid.  I knew then […]

The Big A

When Heidi wrote about why she doesn’t want to have children, her arguments seemed to boil down to being too selfish to be responsible for another human being.  I have to say I feel the same way.  I can barely feed myself (seriously, boiling water takes too long, so I don’t eat anything that can’t […]

Everything I Need to Know About Friendship, I Learned From Listening to Train

The next sentence is not a mistype: There is a line from a Train song that I’ve always felt has left a permanent dent in one of my friendships. Which I guess just goes to show–you never know which conversations will stick with us throughout our lives; which comments you’ll wish people would let you […]

How To Make a Friendship Bracelet

Start with three strands of embroidery thread the length of both your arms. Fold each in half. Tie an overhand knot, leaving a good amount of thread coming out of the top. Insert a safety pin through the knot and pin it through the seam of your pants around the knee, or tape the strands […]

To Agree or Disagree

It started with a Facebook status. And I’ll admit, it was kind of obnoxious. “Facebook unfriending: a large part of surviving election season (though I’ve mostly been unfamilying people).” After a couple comments, I explained myself: I would never unfriend someone just because we had a different viewpoint on the economy, or government services, or […]

Oil & Vinegar Potato Salad

I think mayonnaise is gross. There’s something about it that just seems unnatural. I know it’s not really — mayo is just oil, vinegar, and egg, after all. Three things I love. But it still gives me the creeps. And so I avoid it. Sometimes, though, I really want potato salad. Potato salad usually brings […]

The Games We Don’t Play

Around Shore HQ, we’re fans of games.  Card games, mind games, drinking games…but there are three that we simply cannot play without someone throwing a fit. Game #1:  Monopoly Monopoly takes too long and generally loses its appeal after 3 or 4 loops of the board.  Megan and I may be able to stick out […]